Arabian Leopards in Oman
Monitoring the decline of the Arabian Leopard
The Arabian Leopard is the smallest leopard subspecies native to the Arabian Peninsula, and is classified by the IUCN as critically endangered, with fewer than 200 animals remaining in the wild.
- Focus Species: Panthera pardus (Leopard)
- Location: Qamar, Oman
- Project Start: 2012
- Project End: 2012
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Populations continue to decline due to habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, as well as prey depletion due to unregulated hunting, trapping for the illegal wildlife trade, and retaliatory killing for livestock losses.
Hadi al Hickmani, a researcher with the Office of Conservation of the Environment, Diwan of Royal Court, works closely with Khaled al Hickmani, and the field team to set and monitor remote cameras in the Qamar region of the Dhofar Mountains.